Re: Dec drive problem

thefamily90 Phillips


Can’t tell you how many times I have walked into the counterweight shaft in the dark. I was knocked to the ground one time, but, my hard head saved me.😜


From: <> on behalf of Ben Lutch <procyon@...>
Sent: Saturday, September 5, 2020 9:23:33 PM
To: <>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Dec drive problem

I got a few stitches in my head about a year ago from taking the counterweight off a mount that I thought had the clutches secure.  Counterweight shaft got me right above the left eyebrow.  Oops.

On Fri, Sep 4, 2020 at 10:15 AM thefamily90 Phillips <thefamily90@...> wrote:
Spoke directly with George and we tested the motor different ways. He told me to be careful as an out of balanced scope will spin when I remove everything. He is getting a work order (?) for me and I will be shipping it in next week.

Thanks everyone!


From: <> on behalf of uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via <>
Sent: Friday, September 4, 2020 10:05 AM
To: <>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Dec drive problem
Hi Jim,

Remove these 5 screws to remove the gearbox from the mounting plate:

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From: thefamily90 Phillips <thefamily90@...>
To: <>
Sent: Fri, Sep 4, 2020 10:02 am
Subject: [ap-gto] Dec drive problem

Subject: Dec drive problem
One of my older AP 1200 go to mounts has a problem. The deck drive does not work properly. When I use the keypad to move the mount north or south there is just a jerky movement or, the telescope starts going around in a circle nonstop. This happened to a previous mount of mine years ago and George at AP was able to fix/replace it. I cannot recall which screws/bolts to remove to remove the drive. I will also have to get a work order number as well. Here is a pic. Thanks for any help.
The mount is at my farm and I will only be here until Monday so I need to get the drive off so I can ship it when I get back home.



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